Mcgill University

Montreal, Canada

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Mcgill University - Overview & Background

Located in Quebec, Canada, McGill University is a public university established in 1821.

The college has two campuses:

  1. Montreal's downtown campus
  2. Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Macdonald campus.

The two campuses are about 20 miles from each other. Its primary campus is in downtown Montreal at Mount Royal. About one-fourth of the student body is international, with learners coming from over 150 nations. University accommodation is available in both the campuses for undergraduate and graduate students. The university is affiliated with various teaching hospitals, its medical school is the oldest in Canada.

More than 40 McGill study centres which include the McGill Centre for Bioinformatics, the Centre on Population Dynamics and the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and other associated institutes and hospitals conduct research at the college. One of the study achievements connected with the university is the development of the first artificial blood cell. Montreal also won the first place as the world’s most student-friendly town in 2017 QS Best Student Cities. 

Established 31 March 1821
Founder  James McGill
University Type Public Research University 
University Motto By work, all things increase and grow On legend: I trust in the Lord
University City Montreal, Quebec
Acceptance Rate  52%
Graduation Rate 85.0%
Employment Rate 95%
Faculty to Student Ratio 1:14
Endowment CA$2.039 billion
Campus Size 80 acres
Official Website Link Mcgill University, Canada
Contact Details +1 514-398-4455


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The university offers state-of-the-art infrastructural facilities such as the new open-concept Life Sciences Complex and the high-tech Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). McGill is home to more than 100 study institutes and centers associated with eight Montreal hospitals.

It has 10 faculties and colleges that offer around 300 research programs in:

  • list items Agricultural and environmental sciences
  • list items Arts
  • list items Dentistry
  • list items Education
  • list items Engineering
  • list items Law
  • list items Management
  • list items Medicine
  • list items Music
  • list items Science
  • The McGill University Library has 13 branches or subject libraries including the Rare Books & Special Collections Department, which holds about 350,000 objects like books, manuscripts, maps, prints, and a general collection of rare books. The Osler Library of the History of Medicine is Canada's biggest medical history library and one of the world's most significant libraries.

    The Redpath Museum houses interesting collections on

  • list items Ethnology
  • list items Biology
  • list items Paleontology
  • list items Mineralogy / Geology with a unique emphasis on pathology.
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    Residing Options

    Residence accommodation is guaranteed by mid-June for students admitted to the first year and is provided after that time period on a first-come, first-serve basis. The university provides on and off residential services for all graduate and undergraduate learners. The available residence facilities are:

  • list items Greenbriar and Hutchinson Residences for returning Upper year students.
  • list items Laird Hall and Eco Residences for Undergraduate students (Macdonald Campus)
  • list items Different Residence Options for Exchange Students
  • list items MORE Houses and Apartment style options for Graduate Students
  • The cost of accommodation provided by the university ranges from $10,000 to $19,000.


    Financial Aid

    McGill acknowledges the difficulties that international students can face while learning away from home and therefore provides various financial aids to students. The Scholarships and Student Aid Office guarantees that there is financial support for skilled learners from any geographic area to join and finish educational programs at the University.

    It administers need-based financial assistance programs for future and present undergraduates, as well as present Canadian, US, and foreign graduate students. Students in need of additional economic help are provided modest loans and bursaries.

    Other available aids include:

  • list items Tuition Payment Deferrals
  • list items Government student aid programs
  • list items Work-Study Program
  • list items Emergency loans
  • list items Frugal Scholar Money Management Program
  • list items PBEEE
  • list items Quebec Foreign Student Merit Scholarship
  • list items PGSS Bursary program
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    Jobs and Placements

    The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) assists students in their career development and search for permanent, part-time, and summer employment, and internships by offering workshops, one-on-one advice, a comprehensive work posting service, and an extensive Career Resource Centre. Its graduates are highly sought after by employers, with the following percentages of graduates either pursuing education or employment two years after graduation:

  • list items 81% of art graduates
  • list items 95% of engineering graduates
  • list items 91% of medicine graduates
  • list items 84% of science graduates
  • list items 92% of all PhD respondents  
  • BEng / BE; MS and doctoral degrees are among the most common degrees which recruiters look for among the graduates.  

  • list items McGill University
  • list items Bombardier
  • list items SNC-Lavalin Inc.
  • list items IBI Group, Inc.
  • list items IBM Canada Ltd
  • list items CIBC
  • Are among McGill University's top recruiters.

  • list items Software Developer
  • list items Project Manager
  • list items Software Engineer
  • list items Project Engineer
  • list items Operations Manager
  • list items Mechanical Engineer
  • list items Marketing Manager
  • Are the most popular jobs that the graduates are offered with.


    Notable Alumni

     Some famous alumni from Mcgill University include:

  • list items John O'Keefe, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine  
  • list items Otto Hahn, Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • list items Robert Mundell, Nobel Prize in Economics
  • list items Philip J. Currie, Paleontologist and former curator of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
  • list items William W. Happ, Silicon transistor pioneer at Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory
  • list items Donald Olding Hebb, Father of cognitive psychobiology; pioneer in artificial intelligence; developed concept of Hebbian learning
  • list items Julian Jaynes, Psychologist, author of The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
  • list items Charles Philippe Leblond, Pioneer of stem cells, inventor of autoradiography
  • list items Colin MacLeod, Canadian-American geneticist; discovered DNA breakthroughs          
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    Mcgill University Location

    Montreal is a big town in the southwest of Quebec's Canadian province.  In 2012, QS University Rankings named Montreal as the 10th best location in the globe for a university student. McGill University has excellent airport connectivity on the highway from all sides. The nearest major airport is Montréal / Saint-Hubert Airport (YHU / CYHU), which is 18 km from McGill University and has national flights from Montreal, Canada. Another major airport is Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL / CYUL), which is 21 km from McGill University and has global and national flights from Montreal, Canada.

    The university can be readily accessed by bus, vehicle, taxi or shuttle from these airports. There is a free bus service to and from McGill for students coming from Sainte-Foy, Trois-Rivières and Gatineau. Students can also use a government bicycle sharing system called Bixi Bikes. The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) 747 Express runs a bus to McGill University from Montreal (YUL) every 10 minutes, and it takes 25 minutes to get there.

    Every four hours, VIA Rail runs a train from Ottawa (YOW) to McGill University, and the trip takes one hour and a half. The OPUS card is a rechargeable metro card that is an excellent instrument for those who may not reside close campus or plan to regularly (or even semi-regularly) use the metro system. The vibrant cultural scene of Montreal, high-quality universities, competitive tuition and excellent job prospects have made the university a wonderful place to study.

    Mcgill University Map Location

    Address:845 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G4, Canada